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Mammography and 3D mammography is an X-ray technique that's used to create an image of the breast. Mammography is used to detect cancer or other breast disease. Mercy Women's Center offers walk-in mammograms with a physician's order.
The technique can reveal changes in the breast before they can be discovered by a woman or her healthcare provider. It can also indicate whether a lump is cancerous (most are not). A biopsy is needed for confirmation.
Mammograms are generally recommended for two reasons:
Regular screening is recommended for women starting at age 40 (even if you are healthy and have no symptoms). Below are early detection guidelines from the American Cancer Society:
Any woman who has signs or symptoms of breast cancer should have a mammogram. Further tests may also be given to rule out the presence of cancer.
Mammography provides early warning. Most experts feel that mammography is the best way to detect cancer when no symptoms exist.
Mammography is accurate for diagnosing cancer. Overall, the accuracy rate is very high, especially when used in combination with a physical exam. Mammography is especially useful when a breast is very large, making lump detection more difficult.